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Published On: Mon, Dec 2nd, 2019

Rape: NUT wants GBV included in curriculum

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Maryam Abeeb Abuja

The Nigeria Union of Teachers has called for the inclusion of Gender-Based Violence, which is aimed at eradicating rape and other forms of sexual molestation against children, in the school curriculum.
The National President of the union, Dr Mohammed Idris, made the call during an education conference with the theme “Oranging Our School: Teachers, Boys and Girls Stand Against Rape’’ held in Abuja
The conference was organised to mark the 16-day Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on Women and Girls, jointly organised by UNESCO, federal ministries of women affairs and education, as well as the NUT, among others.
Represented by the NUT Secretary-General, Mr Mike Ike-Ene, Idris said the inclusion would go a long way in educating children on the dangers, effects, preventive measures and the appropriate authorities to seek for help when sexually abused.
He said “The issue of rape can be easily taught and disseminated by teachers because in the past people were always afraid to talk about it. Teachers can educate pupils and it will become an internal part of them.
“We want the study of GBV to be included in school curriculum under civic education, so that the young ones will be better equipped to fight rape.”
Idris also condemned cases of rape and molestation against women and children, calling on teachers to support efforts aimed at ending the scourge by educating pupils and encouraging them to speak out.
Dr Lydia Giginna, the Director, Education Support Services Department, Federal Ministry of Education, said the theme of the conference, which focused on rape, was aimed at educating pupils on the risks involved and the appropriate authorities to consult when molested.
Giginna advised pupils to be conscious of their environment and to be agents of change toward ending GBV.

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